The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton

  • Release Date: 1967-04-24
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
Score: 4.5
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A heroic story of friendship and belonging

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on "greasers" like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy's world is turned upside down...

Written over forty-five years ago, The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published.

"The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times

"Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune

"[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News

"What it's like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance...There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too." —National Observer

A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award


  • I can’t stop thinking about it.

    By akr282
    It has changed my perspective of everything.
  • Game changer

    By joannaa zhao
    Gr8 book
  • Lover

    By Laityn21
    I love this book. It is great.
  • great book

    By Alani Casper
    full of great content and lessons
  • ABSOLUTELY GOLD!!(no pun intended)

    By belair<3
    This book is absolutely amazing! We read it in school and I loved it! The plot is great and I never wanted to put the book down. The movie is also amazing! This is a book for everyone and stay gold!
  • Terrible

    By steveover9000
    They mentioned knives, which triggered me.
  • Loved It!!

    By Aegcutie101
    I thought this was one of the best books I have ever read and I've read a lot of books and I'm really young so that's not really a lot.
  • The Outsiders

    By Wellread1
    I thought that this book was rather insightful and somewhat profound judging that the author wrote this when she was in her teen years, I quite enjoyed the allusion to one of Robert Frost’s deepest poems. Moreover I do not believe that the perspective of “jack the other dog” is worth spreading, first and foremost, the author is female so the pronoun “he” is not accurate, second off, your writing is as amateurish as your grammar is incorrect so please, while I respect your opinion and your first amendment right to express the aforementioned opinion, I do not believe that it is well informed. I give this book four stars.
  • Outsiders

    By hwidbheje
    Read the book in class. Absolutely never saw what was coming!! Always surprised!! Great book!!
  • Terrible, dated, unrelatable, unreadable

    By Patti Mum
    This is among the worst books I have read in my life. The characters were unappealing and distant; I did not care whether they lived or died. Some were also quite odd, such as the character who loved anything Italian, and was really into cycling. His traits the author never tired of driving home. I did not like their interests, their attitudes, or their ways. Perhaps the characters had difficulity realating to others. Well, I had difficulty relating to the characters. I am happy that most books are so much better! I would recommend you not read this book. It was uninspiring and depressing and self-absorbed. (I cannot believe some schools require this book to be read!)